Performance at “La Catedral del Tango” Sin Rumbo Milonga!

March 28th marks one year since the US Tango Championships that Laurent and I participated in. One year ago, we were working so hard, rehearsing night and day to compete in both Salon and Stage categories. We were very determined, and we were working around our schedules to do our best. Tomas and Gimena were there supporting us and pushing us forward. Angel and Julie were like our guardians, as we practiced hours at the Tango Room. We would train at the gym and rehearse, and rush to a restaurant afterwards to get food into our starving bodies. Good times, when everything was about passion, blood, tears and sweat. Never would I have imagined myself one year later in Buenos Aires. If we focus on the present and live fully, you really never know what life has in store…!  Continue reading

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Performance at Gricel Milonga!

The night we performed at Gricel was a great reminder of all the wonderful opportunities I have been experiencing here in Buenos Aires. Monday was exactly 2 months since I had arrived to Buenos Aires. It’s been quite an adventure of getting used to the new life style here with emotional, psychological, and physical ups and downs. Some days I miss Los Angeles, friends, Japan and family, more than I want to. But I know, that is what comes attached with the fun and excitement of starting in a new environment. On Monday, I felt happy and excited to perform at Gricel organized by Miguel Romero. Continue reading

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UNIK Restaurant, a Designer’s Culinary Paradise!!

The restaurant

The restaurant

It’s been a busy few weeks and I haven’t been able to blog for awhile. One of the things that kept me busy was dining out for my birthday! Thank you to all my friends who invited me to these yummy expeditions!

So here is one restaurant that can’t be missed! UNIK Restaurant at Soler 5132 in Palermo Soho. You arrive to the restaurant and the doors are locked, thankfully to glass windows, you figure out that it is open and ring the doorbell. The waiter comes to open up and you walk into a magnificent “trendy” place. All the furniture and interior decorations are by unique designers of the 60s and 70s. That said, the designed items are timeless pieces because they are of great design. You can tell, each chair, shelf, table, lamps, paintings, objects, and dinnerware is not just any mass produced item and were chosen with utmost attention and detail. The place was designed and created by Marcelo Joulia of Naço Architectures. All of the items in the restaurant are originals and it took Marcelo over 30 years to collect them. This is a designer’s place to die for “Designer’s Paradise”. I was just happy to be there… Continue reading

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CITA Show and Performing to Sexteto Milonguero LIVE at Porteno y Bailarin!

There is a lot of activity in Buenos Aires with various festivals this time of year. There was the Misterio Tango Festival few weeks back, the Yeite Tango Festival last week (which unfortunately, due to my cold I missed out on the whole festival), and currently the CITA Tango Festival. These festivals have a big line up of masters teaching and performing which usually calls a lot of attention bringing visitors from other countries. The milongas here have been pretty packed this past month or so with these dancers.

The CITA festival is produced by Fabian Salas and this could be one of the longest running Tango festivals that Buenos Aires has. It is the 16th year this year. Back in the days before “youtube”, we would await for the CITA DVDs to come out on sale each year so we could study and learn from them. We would have CITA DVD viewing parties at someone’s house to practice some of the moves we would find. Times have changed!! Continue reading

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Sushi that Hit the Spot! at Ichisou!

Sushi/Sashimi combo at Ichisou!

Sushi/Sashimi combo at Ichisou!

I’ve been coming down with a rough cold the past few days so I took my day off from dancing in Caminito today. My body definitely needs some rest and good food! I didn’t want to be cooking at home or buying a milanesa, I needed my kind of comfort food. I had just gotten a recommendation for a good Japanese restaurant in Buenos Aires, so with Delia we decided to check it out.

Entrance to Ichisou

Entrance to Ichisou

We went to Ichisou located at Venezuela 2145. It is located in the Congreso area which is not the best area at night, but you can get there by taxi (we actually took the bus there that dropped us 3 blocks away). The doors discreet, you get the sense of walking into a traditional Japanese restaurant. I’ve been seeing a lot of “sushi” restaurants around town nowadays, which have big signs saying “sushi”, but somehow it doesn’t seem authentic enough. It was exciting walking through the doors, and once inside there’s soft lighting and a bunch of tables filled with Japanese customers. Continue reading

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